Pablo Azurdie, a Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Program Success Story
At 21, Pablo Azurdie was ready for a change—and he was willing to “do what it takes” to make that change happen. He went to the Coalition for Responsible Community Development’s Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Program (VCN) with no high school diploma and no resources aside from his own drive and ability.

Thank You Market
In 1996, Jeong Chul Son emigrated from South Korea to the United States with a dream that he would establish a chain of compact market stores in America. He started from the bottom up, learning and practicing everything he needed, from the

EWDD's Rapid Response Team provides last minute assistance info session for DTLA American Apparel employees with uncertain job futures
On January 5, 2017, EWDD’s Rapid Response team and partners provided a five-hour informational session for American Apparel’s Downtown L.A. facility. Given that the business was sold at auction January 9, 2017, the more than 2,000 workers on-site are worried about their future work situation and livelihood.

Regina Grogan, owner of The Parlor Grooming Lounge
Entrepreneur Regina Grogan describes herself as a master groomer and image consultant. After working at an upscale barbershop for 4 years, she felt it was time to go into business for herself. Regina came up with the concept of The Parlor within the last year and was looking for roughly $60,000 to get her business off the ground.

Indie Printing
Wayne Said and Andy Rosillo are the owners of Indie Printing, located at 3113 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. Mr. Said was referred to a Hollywood BusinessSource consultant to discuss refinancing a number of loans and business credit cards that were limiting the business’s ability to grow due to high interest rates and high monthly payments.

2016 Operation Holiday Event Hosted by the San Fernando Valley Veterans Employment Committee
Jan Perry, EWDD General Manager, spoke to a room packed to capacity with over 300 veterans whose service dated back to WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq and more recent years.

Eddy Cruz, Owner of Teem Trucking, Inc.
Eddy Cruz, Owner of Teem Trucking, Inc. (5301 6th Avenue, L.A.) has worked with the East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center over the past 12 months for assistance with expansion of his business, access to capital, acquiring business equipment, and hiring additional support staff. Teem Trucking, Inc. is an established commercial trucking and transportation company, incorporated July 16, 2004, that provides clients with long haul trucking services throughout the Southwestern United States.

L.A. Hospitality Training Academy in Action
Adine Forman, Executive Director of the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA), will speak at the Economic Policy Institute/Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) Conference in St Louis this week. Adine will be speaking on the ground-breaking efforts of The Hospitality Training Academy, which is a labor-management partnership, in collaboration with a one-stop job center (American Job Centers) and the City of L.A. Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Young Angelenos Participating in the Para Los Niños YouthSource Workshop on Teen Social Media
The Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center facilitated a workshop focused on social media. The workshop addressed the impact that images in social media have on teen identity, expectations, dating behavior and relationships. Fourty-Seven PLN YouthSource students participated

Innovation in the City report cover page
In a newly released report by The Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner, funded by the Citi Foundation, the L.A. YouthSource Center System was touted as one of the 15 initiatives globally with a bold urban policy and a proven record of success.

The report points out that

Los Angeles Youth at ServiceWorks 2016 Boot Camp
A skills-building boot camp hosted on November 19th by ServiceWorks in Los Angeles focused on skill-building and services for young adults ages 16 to 24. The boot camp brought together speakers from the White House, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Opportunity, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

Uli Nasibova (second from right), owner of Gelateria Uli, and her employees
Helping Los Angeles businesses thrive is a big part of what we do here at EWDD because when you build a strong economy, jobs follow. Uli Nasibova and her gelato shop in downtown Los Angeles are a good example of how this works.

Nasibova wanted to open a second location following the 2014 launch of her wildly popular ice-cream shop, Gelateria Uli, located at